Internal battles raise concerns

2018-07-26 06:01

THE Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in the Ugu District has raised concerns over the ANC’s infighting which they claim is affecting the functionality of municipalities.

Umdoni Municipality has been operating without a municipal manager for almost a year while Umuziwabantu Municipality has been operating without a director of corporate services and a head of finance for more than four years, with individuals being appointed on acting capacity.

IFP exco member at Umuziwabantu Vuyelwa, Sambo Vezi said the plans to fill these positions on a permanent basis are currently being delayed due to what is perceived to be ANC infighting within the municipality.

“We are now more convinced than ever that these alarmingly high vacancies are not as a result of the lack of skilled individuals in municipalities but rather that jobs are fractionally reserved for certain individuals as payment for pushing political agendas.

“We cannot keep quiet while Umuziwabantu Municipality is gradually turned into a factional employment agency for some,” she said

“The council failed to meet the deadline of passing the budget and the integrated development plan that was approved in June. We are of the opinion that this was also caused by the ongoing ANC infighting,” added Sambo Vezi.

Sambo Vezi said it was unfortunate that some ANC led municipalities have now been turned into political power battlegrounds for the ANC, forgetting their core mandate of providing services to the people.

What is more of concern now is that this infighting affects service delivery — the ongoing factional battles among those in power is taking its toll on the poor who are in dire need of service delivery.

“We are calling on the KZN MEC of Cogta Nomusa Dube-Ncube to take an active role in resolving the crisis in Umuziwabantu Municipality, as ANC factional politics seem to affect the proper running of the municipality,” concluded Cllr Sambo Vezi.

ANC spokesperson Selvan Chetty said the party is fully aware that, it being election season, opposition parties will do whatever they can to try and garner support from the public.

“Whatever they may say, the ANC remains the voice and the champion of the people at Umdoni and Umuziwabantu.

The IEC records over the past few years, including by-elections won by the ANC remains there for all to see, “said Chet- ty.

With regards to the filling of the vacant posts Chetty said, the municipality is at an advanced stage in the recruitment process.

“The process of shortlisting has been completed, and we expect that interviews will be held in the coming days to finalize the selected candidates to present to council for approval, “he added.

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